Gerrard’s here to stay

Jamie Carragher believes that fellow Kop legend Steven Gerrard will follow his lead and end his career at Liverpool. Carragher announced he will retire at the end of this season earlier this year but expects his skipper to continue for a few more years yet.

Carragher’s comments appear in the Metro: “I’m sure Stevie will finish his career at Liverpool the way I’ve done. There is no doubt about that. He is “captain fantastic” every week. He’s been doing it for years, scoring at one end, saving at the other.”

Gerrard currently has just one more year on his contract but Kop boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to sit down to discuss a new deal. Although Gerrard will turn 32 at the end of the season, Rodgers doesn’t see that as a problem. The Irishman believes Gerrard is fit enough to play on into his late thirties.

Gerrard proved his worth to his side once again on Saturday when he scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at Villa Park. Gerrard also cleared a goalbound effort off the line with an acrobatic header to keep his side in front.

Carragher also praised his Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez. The frontman has been in scintillating form this season. It was him that drew the foul for the winning penalty on Saturday.

PFA Player of the Year at Anfield?

It is likely to be a three horse race between Suarez, Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie for the Player of the Year award.

It could be argued that Suarez is the most deserving of the award, as he is currently the league’s top goalscorer and has been playing for a team struggling for form for much of the season.

Suarez has also remained consistent throughout the campaign, whereas of his rivals, Bale started the season slowly and Van Persie’s form has dropped off in recent weeks.

Suarez certainly gets Carragher’s vote. The defender said: “Every side has a couple of players you hope can turn things for you and Luis does it on a weekly basis. He put in another top performance and shows why he deserves to be PFA player of the year.”